Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The First MCGG Friday Meeting for Fall 2017 is September 8 ... Welcome Back

Fall is just around the corner and that means genealogy meetings are returning. MCGG's first meeting of Fall 2017 is on Friday, September 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Cheryl Warnock will present Organizing and Preserving Your Photos.

If you are in the Mt. Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

The Macomb County Genealogy Group Reveals Its Meeting Topics for Fall 2017

Hi Everyone!

We have released MCGG's 2017 Fall meeting schedules for our MCGG Friday Group and our Let's Talk...Genealogy discussion group on Wednesday. 

The meeting dates and topics can be found on the respective pages of this blog site or in our Southeast Michigan Genealogy Events calendar on the Calendar page. 

On both the MCGG Friday Meetings and Let's Talk Meetings pages, you will now find the PDF file link of our current meetings flyer which can be viewed and downloaded. (Please note the image of the flyer in this post is just a low-res image. To see/download the flyer PDF you need to go to either of the meeting pages.)

We hope you enjoy the coming genealogy season. 

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!

Macomb County Genealogy Group Adopts a New Logo as of August 2017

MCGG's New Logo as of August 2017.
The Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) is proud to announce we have a new logo. 

MCGG's own roots began on 12 October 1973 as a program meeting of the Mount Clemens Public Library. The group has been meeting year round ever since on every other Friday afternoon. Our previous logo was designed by past MCGG chairperson Karen Harris in about 2004. About 13 years ago MCGG began the Let's Talk...Genealogy discussion group an evening meeting that has meet once a month (September to June) to allow those who work during the day to partake in their chosen hobby of genealogy.

MCGG's former logo.
To go with our incorporation as a non-profit in 2016 we decided to update the MCGG logo. We kept and updated the book; traded the laurel for a pedigree chart and a "sphere" representing the world; and after moving some elements around we added our established and incorporated years.

Our Let's Talk...Genealogy logo, created a few years ago, received a slight update of colors to coordinate with the new MCGG logo. 
MCGG's revised Let's Talk...Genelaogy logo.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Intermittent Closures Over the Next Few Days Possible for MCPL Parking Lot

The new and revised MCPL parking lot. Photo courtesy
of Debra Larsen, Mount Clemens Public Library
Due to some additional repair work that has become necessary, the parking lot of the Mount Clemens Public Library located on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens may be closed intermittently over the next few days.

If you find the lot closed, please park next door at the church parking lot on Cass Avenue.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14 - 20: MyHeritage Record Week Free Access to One Billion Census Records

MyHeritage website is celebrating passing the 8 billion historical records mark on its SuperSearch with a free access week August 14 - 20, 2017, for everyone to all its major census collections from the U.S., U.K., and Ireland, Canada, and Nordic countries.

Starting today you can search 94 census collections without a data subscription. Got ancestors from Finland, Sweden and Denmark? MyHeritage has some exclusive records that other websites do ont have for those countries. Links to various census collections can be found in the MyHeritage blog post announcing the free access week.

It appears no username is required to search and see the census images. Please note that the page display is a bit different than the other big genealogy websites, we suggest clicking on display full screen to better see the census image.

For those with ancestors in Northern Germany, don't forget that Sweden controlled parts of Pommerania for a long time so if you have some surnames that sort of sound Swedish take a look. Or put in the your ancestral village name and see what appears. A search for anyone born in Tribsees (a village in Vorpommern, Germany) yielded a few results. The census does not cover that area of Germany but it catches those born there that moved back to Sweden.

Have fun searching!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MCPL Parking Lot Construction is Done

The new and revised MCPL parking lot. Photo courtesy
of Debra Larsen, Mount Clemens Public Library
The parking lot repairs for Mount Clemens Public Library located on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens are now finished.

Come visit the library. Do some research or check-out a book and/or movie and enjoy the lot's new smooth surface. No more dodging holes and metal drain grates. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ancestry Summer Sale until August 15 AncestryDNA Tests Now $69

Ancestry.com is having a Summer Sale on its AncestryDNA test. Regularly $99, the test is on sale for $69 plus taxes and shipping until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

For those who buy things on Amazon, the AncestryDNA test is on sale for the same sale price but shipping is free because it meets the $25 minimum to qualify for free shipping. If you are an Amazon Prime member, your free shipping gets the product to you even faster. On the Amazon website, do a search for AncestryDNA. Usually only one result with AncestryDNA appears, click on it to see the item entry. Look next to the green In Stock under the price and you should see "AncestryDNA Official" and not a third-party of another name.

Autosomal DNA tests can be taken by males or females.

As of last month, AncestryDNA tests must be activated by the test taker with a separate email and Ancestry username. The test requester can be given access by the tester (DNA owner) as a manager. For elderly and those without computers to be tested Ancestry's recommendation is to help them set up the needed accounts. Genealogy bloggers have had some ideas on how to do this.

In addition, remember that to access all aspects of a DNA test like being able to contact matches, you need to have an Ancestry database subscription. Or at least an AncestryDNA Insights subscription which is about $49/year as of 2016, does not include database access and is available by contacting Customer Service by phone. BUT note that if someone is doing a test for you, that DNA owner does not have to have an Ancestry subscription. As long as you are invited as a manager of that test and you have an Ancestry subscription you will have the same access to all the features as your own or other tests you already manage.

Yes there are now more hoops to jump through with an AncestryDNA test, but Ancestry does have the largest DNA test database (matches) available.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!